Tuesday, May 18

Santiago García Cremades: Mathematics to fight the virus


Santiago García Cremades is popular on social media for his predictions.  information

Santiago García Cremades is popular on social media for his predictions. information

The mathematical projections predicted the moment when Spain would fall below the black barrier of 100 daily deaths and anticipated the second and third waves if Christmas restrictions were not respected. According to Santiago García Cremades, a mathematician at the Miguel Hernández University, the models suggest that we are approaching the data that led to confinement. “We are starting the third wave and it is going to be tough. Vaccination is slower than we would like and winter is coming, where other seasonal diseases mix. We have to be careful not to saturate the ICUs again.

The predictions of the teacher, a benchmark on social networks with more than 51,000 followers, highlight the role of technology during the health emergency. “It has saved us all, first of all on a mental level because without internet teleworking, online classes and connections with the family would be impossible. Without technology, everything would be ten times harder. We have a centuries-old science like Statistics, a more recent one, like Data Science and mathematical models that allow us to predict situations and take measures to avoid the almost inevitable upsurges of the disease. Thanks to Mathematics and technology in general, many lives are being saved.

García Cremades believes that the recognition of INFORMATION makes Mathematics visible. “That they are recognized seems an oxymoron but paradoxically the worst moment in recent history has revealed their importance.” He affirms that the pandemic is counted in numbers but “they are not a crystal ball either. They serve to see the consequences of everything we do, measure the effectiveness of the measures and save sectors such as the hospitality industry. The equations make it possible to fine-tune to have a more realistic scenario ”, he points out about the models that he investigates together with the vice-rector Juan José López.

The predictions of the professor of Statistics and Operations Research Javier Martínez Moguerza, from the Young Academy of Spain, with the reports he prepares on the evolution of the pandemic, are also correct. Its president is researcher Javier García, promoter of the Celera Foundation, which has designed the respirator «The open ventilator».

Other innovative contributions of technology to the fight against covid are the first tool for monitoring the evolution of the virus in municipalities by the Operational Research Center ”(CIO) of the Miguel Hernández University (UMH); the study of the “Data Science for Covid-19” working group of the Generalitat, led by Alicante engineer Nuria Oliver, on the evolution of the pandemic in Spain; the multicenter project of researchers from the universities of Alicante (UA) and Elche, the Hospital de Sant Joan and the Fisabio de la Generalitat foundation that uses Artificial Intelligence in a tool capable of detecting the presence of covid in radiographs and in which the oncologist and computer engineer Aurelia Bustos intervenes; the robot from the Bioengineering Institute of the UMH; the group Artefactos of the University of Alicante that made the first masks with diving goggles; the innovation in masks of the professor of Chemical Engineering Antonio Marcilla, who devised a system to breathe clean air in closed spaces; the ozone system to clean the air patented by the computer science professor Juan Manuel García Chamizo; or the development of the Carina chatbot to report on covid-19 by 1MillionBot, the startup chaired by Professor Andrés Pedreño, among many other great initiatives.


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